Herman Parker Smith

March 10, 2002

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in First Methodist Church of Holtville for Herman Parker Smith, 98, of Holtville, who died Thursday at his home in Holtville.

Jamie Dollins and the Rev. David Strong of First Methodist Church and Maranatha Fellowship of Holtville will officiate.

He will be buried next to his wife, Dorothy — who preceded him in death in 1989 — in a private ceremony in Pomona.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 27, 1904, in Bradshaw, Neb.

He moved to Holtville in 1927, where he went to work for the Holtville Ice Co. as an ice deliveryman, moving up through the ranks to become its president in 1954 and continuing in that role until his retirement in 1983. He expanded the company's operations to include lettuce vacuum-cooling in the early 1950s and was instrumental in founding Veg-Vac Cooling Co. in 1963, which he also headed until his retirement.


He married Dorothy Dreher on Jan. 1, 1930.

He was active in the Holtville Rotary Club and was the recipient of Rotary International's highest commendation, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Mr. Smith was a 32nd-degree Mason with Masonic Lodge No. 425 F&AM of Holtville. He served on the board of directors of The Salvation Army and volunteered with numerous service- oriented activities including working with Little League baseball and the Boy Scouts.

He was Holtville's citizen of the year in 1964.

He was preceded by his four sisters.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Donald H. and Jeanne K. Smith of Telluride, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and C.W. "Bill" Housouer of Holtville; grandchildren, Sharon Housouer of El Centro, Dean and Carol Wells and Jeff Wells and Lynn Housouer, all of Holtville, Pam Smith of Las Vegas, Vernon and Tamy Wells of Houston, Katy and Chris Schiller of Albany, N.Y., Becky and Steve Souza of San Jose, Alonna and John Moreno of Bakersfield; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Joy Souza, Andy and Joshua Wells, Matt and Brian Bogdan, Laci O'Brien, Heather Wells, Nicole, Jacquelyne and Klara Studer, and Tyler Aubertin; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

The family requests donations be made in Mr. Smith's memory to The Salvation Army or other charity of choice.

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